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Twyla’s messy to marvelous garden in Minnesota

Today’s photos are from Twyla Hobbs, who says, “I am an avid flower and vegetable gardener who lives in Minnesota. I grew up working in a vegetable garden with my mother all summer, canning for the long winters. I discovered my love of flower gardening with the help of gardening friends who gifted me with various plants.

These pictures are of a couple of gardens I created in my backyard. The area by the fence used to be filled with leftover lumber, a rickety steel shed, a woodpile, and miscellaneous other junk. Nothing is more satisfying to me than creating something beautiful in an area that was so neglected and ugly, in my opinion.”

Twyla (first of all, coolest name ever!), can you come trasform my random piles of wood and metal into gardens? I need it badly! Nicely done.

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  1. perenniallycrazy 08/09/2014

    What a gorgeous and happy transformation Twyla!

  2. grannieannie1 08/10/2014

    Twyla, you devised a very clever way to dress up a plain garage wall with the picket fence layered behind the plants. You made it an eye-catching asset!

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    meander_michaele 08/11/2014

    Really nice job, Twyla and one would never know that area wasn't destined for loveliness. I totally agree with you that it is highly satisfying to transform an eyesore into a captivating garden vignette. And speaking of a delightful makeover...I love how you dressed up your side garage wall.

  4. user-7007134 08/11/2014

    Just beautiful. You really have a talent for gardening!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/11/2014

    Good job! That great fence deserved a great garden. In the photo with the little sign on the fence: is the tall plant on the right some type of solomon's seal/polygonatum? Looks cool.

  6. greengenes 08/11/2014

    Very nice job, Twyla! What a fun view instead of the "lumber yard and junk". Well lets see here...there are usually four sides to a house and you have shown us one think you have been bitten by the gardening bug and we will see your future beds!!! Thanks for sharing your enjoyment today!

  7. annek 08/11/2014

    Your transformation looks so homey and is now a colorful palette to gaze upon. Job well done Twyla! I second greengenes comment for three more sides....

  8. GrannyMay 08/11/2014

    Twyla, you're absolutely right! And once you create one beautiful area, you start looking around the garden for other areas improve as well.... and that is how the addiction grows. Good work!

  9. schatzi 08/11/2014

    Amen! Great job! What is that beautiful clematis? I too love flowers and that beautiful fence makes a perfect background for them.

  10. GrannyCC 08/11/2014

    Good job Twyla, What a transformation. Looks like have more room to be creative in. Good Luck!

  11. foxglove12 08/11/2014

    Beautiful! Love the water cistern. Gives me some great ideas.

  12. foxglove12 08/11/2014

    Is the water cistern just a rubbermaid container?

  13. nancywhitekuykendall 08/30/2014

    Like .....a good blend of casual and orderliness !

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